A Tennessee man is facing more than two decades in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to federal firearms and drug trafficking charges in October. Records indicate that the man has a raft of prior felony convictions for offenses including cocaine distribution, gun possession and assault. Police say that he was taken into custody in December 2016 just seven months after being released from a state prison.
According to police reports, the man was apprehended in connection with cocaine sales in a Nashville public housing development. It is believed that he stored the drugs he allegedly sold at his Antioch residence. Police say that the man eluded them when they arrived at his home on Dec. 6, but a subsequent search of the house is said to have yielded five ounces of cocaine, $15,000 in cash and a loaded handgun. The gun was later determined to have been taken during a 2013 burglary in Sumner County.
Officers from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department caught up with the man the following day at a West Nashville motel, and he was taken into custody without incident according to reports. He is said to have admitted to the officers involved that the gun and drugs recovered at the Antioch residence were his.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys may urge their clients to make no admissions, confessions or misrepresentations to police officers without first speaking with a lawyer even if they are facing serious drug charges and the evidence against them seems overwhelming. Prosecutors work under great pressure and scrutiny and may be willing to reduce charges in return for a speedy resolution even when their cases are strong, but negotiating a favorable plea agreement could be far more difficult for defense attorneys if their clients have confessed to the police.